SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS, TRANSPORTATION, & FARM EQUIPMENT
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- FARM BUSINESS
- Farm was 166 acres next to the railroad and Route 121. Grew corn and soybeans. Originally grew oats for horses. Milked cows and sold the cream after separating it with a cream separator.
- Took cream to market with a Ford touring car with curtains in the windows and no heater, around 1921-1923. Men rode in back under a blanket to stay warm. Then got a Mercury, then a Chevrolet. Bought cars in Mt. Pulaski. Bought a Plymouth and often needed a tractor to start it, even though everyone else liked their Plymouths.
- FARM EQUIPMENT
- Bought a new tractor when they started farming, and always waited until they could pay for something fully. First tractor they had was steel-wheeled. Bought a tractor after neighbors, and bought television last in the neighborhood. Also bought their own combine and disc. Rode on the four horse-drawn disc herself. Recalls talking to a young boy who was riding equipment by the second grade. Recalls two boys who were killed in accidents on a neighbor's farm near Salt Creek, one of whom was killed by a tractor.